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Followers of Virsa Singh, Phoola booked
Bloody clash at gurdwara
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
A clash broke out between followers of Baba Virsa Singh and Nihang Baba Ajit Singh Phoola at the Sector 39 Nanak Sagar Gurdwara early this morning. Ten persons were injured, three of them seriously.

Sharp-edged weapons, including swords, spears and axes, were freely used. The situation was brought under control after the police arrived. Blood was seen splattered on the floor and locks of hair and turbans were found scattered. A small box containing opium was found lying near the turbans.

Four seriously injured followers of Baba Phoola have been admitted to the PGI. Among the injured from the other group were caretakers of the gurdwara and members of Baba Sri Chand Sports Club.

The head of the gurdwara, Balwinder Singh, alleged that followers of Phoola armed with sharp-edged weapons attacked the gurdwara to take possession over it. On the other hand, Ranjit Singh Rania of Phoola’s group maintained that he and his companions went to the gurdwara to pay obeisance but were attacked by gurdwara caretakers.

Earlier the gurdwara was under the control of Phoola. Col G.S. Sandhu (retd), known for his gurdwara reform activities, along with Virsa Singh, got it “vacated” in 2005. Phoola was booked under several cases by the Punjab police.

A jeep was smashed during the clash and the seats were drenched with blood, indicating that the injured wanted to escape in the vehicle but were intercepted.

Rajinder Singh, a gatekeeper of the gurdwara, said: “The assailants drove into the gurdwara at around 6.15 am and asked me to tell the caretakers that Phoola’s army has arrived and whosoever wants to live, should vacate the place. I did as I was told.”

He added that another group of 10 persons scaled the rear boundary wall. Nishan Singh, a Punjab police constable in uniform, was accompanying them. His nameplate fell during the commotion.

Balwinder Singh said they attacked in self-defence.

The general secretary of the gurdwara, Guriqbal Singh, alleged that after Phoola was released on bail last year, they had requested the UT police for security but nothing was done.

The Sector 39 police station SHO, Ranjit Singh Rania, said Onkar Singh and Tejpal Singh, who were in custody, had said they had come from Manikaran last night and went to the gurdwara to pay obeisance. As they came out of the sanctum sanctorum, Sukhdev Singh of Phoola village asked others to attack them. They said if they had come to take possession of the gurdwara, they would have come in large numbers and not in one jeep.

One of the injured, Karnail Singh, who sustained multiple deep cuts on his head, said he was surrounded by a group of persons armed with swords and they attacked him till he fell.

Talking to mediapersons from the US over the phone, Col Sandhu said Phoola’s men wanted to “grab the gurdwara at the behest of a senior Punjab police officer.” He alleged that it was the same officer who had given the gurdwara in the form of a reward to Phoola during terrorism in Punjab.

The president of the local unit of the SAD, Gurpartap Singh Riar, condemned the incident and stated that both groups were not following Sikh edicts and said the gurdwara should be brought under the control of the SGPC.

Meanwhile, the SHO said Sukhdev Singh and other members of his group were booked for culpable homicide and rioting while Phoola’s men were booked for trespass, criminal intimidation, rioting and causing injuries. The police has arrested 11 persons so far.



Fatal Thursday
Man found hanging
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
A 28-year-old man was found hanging from a hook at his residence in Morilwala town in Mani Majra this evening. The police believes it to be a case of suicide, but has not been able to ascertain the reason behind the step.

The police said Inderjit Singh was married and well settled. He was married around five years ago and had a two-year-old daughter. His wife had gone to her parents a few days ago. He was a goldsmith by profession.

His father Jagtar Singh Tari is the president of the local unit of Bharatiya Jan Shakti Party.

The police said the death came to light around 5 pm when acquaintances of Inderjit came to his parents inquiring about him after he failed to meet them.

His father told them that he could not go upstairs due to ill-heath and asked them to go and check.

Inderjit was living on the third floor of the house. They went up and found the door locked from the inside. When they failed to get any response from the inside, they reported the matter to Tari.

Tari went upstairs along with them and broke open the door. They found Inderjit hanging from a hook with a dupatta. The police was informed about the incident.

The body was shifted to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, for a post-mortem examination.

The police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code in this connection.



Youth sets himself fire
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 28
A 23-year-old mentally disturbed youth committed suicide by setting himself afire a few yards away from his house late last night. Initially it was mistaken for an accidental fire in the jhuggi cluster and the victim remained unidentified till his father Mangal identified him.

According to the police, Beerpal left his home in Nada village at around 1.30 am and entered a straw hut. He then set himself on fire.

Jhuggi dwellers thought a fire had broken out and called the police and the fire brigade. ASI Charan Singh, in charge of the police post at Nada, said it was later that the firemen found the body. “Nobody knew who the dead man was and thought that he had been killed in the fire. However, when his father woke up this morning and found his son missing, he went to look for him and discovered that a man had died in a fire last night. He identified the charred body as that of his son,” he said.

In his statement, Mangal said they had shifted to Nada village a few days ago following the rain. “My son was mentally disturbed. He had five siblings who had all got married. He was the only one left and there were hardly any marriage offers for him which depressed him. Also, of late he had been medically unfit and had stopped going to work. He would keep to himself and had become a recluse. For the last week or so, he had cut off all communication with the family. All this must have led him to take this drastic step,” he said.



Accident or suicide?
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
A 22-year-old widow died after being hit by a train in Ram Darbar this evening. The police is yet to ascertain whether it was an accident or a suicide.

Sources in the government railway police said the victim had been identified as Anuradha of Phase II, Ram Darbar. She had a three-year-old daughter. The incident took place at around 5 pm.

Sources said her husband had died in a road accident about three months ago and she was reportedly depressed.



Girl electrocuted to death

Chandigarh, June 28
A 13-year-old girl was electrocuted early this morning in the Sector 26 grain market when she came in contact with a pole erected on a vegetable and fruit auction platform to restore temporary connection for electricity.

The victim has been identified as Surecha of Shastri Nagar.Her father Suresh, a vegetable vendor, said:“I saw her standing beside a pole and was not aware that she was being electrocuted. She did not utter a word or cry and suddenly she collapsed. I tried to move her, but she did not respond,” he said.

The administration has marked an inquiry into the incident. Senior officials visited the spot to ascertain the cause of the death. — TNS



Two snatchings in 30 mins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
Chain snatchers targeted two women within a span of 30 minutes in the city this morning.

In the first incident, Prem Lata of Sector 22-C lodged a complaint with the police alleging that unidentified youths riding a black motor cycle snatched her gold chain near house around 7.45 am.

In the second incident, Parvesh Jaswal of Sector 30-B reported to the police that unidentified youths riding a bike (CH-9339) snatched her gold chain near Shiv Shakti Mandir in Sector 30 at 8.15 am.



26-yr-old killed in accident

Panchkula, June 28
Sandeep Kumar, a 26-year-old resident of Sector 11, Panchkula, was killed in an accident tonight. He was hit by a truck at the housing board lights when he was returning home. The police has registered a case. — TNS



inside babudom
Major reshuffle in IT Dept
3 new commissioner-level posts in Chandigarh
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
A major reshuffle in the top brass of the Income Tax Department by the union finance ministry has resulted in the creation of three commissioners of income tax (CIT)-level posts in Chandigarh.

While Pawan Parmar Singh, CIT(administration), will be the new CIT(Audit), Chandigarh, S Bhattacharya, CIT, Kolkata, has been posted as the CIT (income tax administrative tribunal)-II against a newly-created post. PC Modi, CIT(central information branch), Chandigarh, has been posted as the CIT(TDS), against yet another newly-created post,according to official sources.

Following elevation of RS Mathoda, chief commissioner of income tax, north western region, as the member of the central board of direct taxes (CBDT), more changes are expected at the top level,the sources added.

Sunita Puri, CIT (income tax administrative tribunal)VI, Delhi, will replace Modi as CIT (central information branch) here. YK Batra, currently, CIT-II, Chandigarh, will go as CIT(administration), Panchkula, and swap post with GS Randhawa. Similarly, Mehar Singh, CIT(administration), Karnal, has been posted as CIT, Karnal,in place of Vinita Surie, who would be director income tax (research)-I, Delhi.

Mehar Singh, CIT (administration), Shimla, will be the new CIT, Karnal. Ajay Kumar, who has been working as the CIT(administration), Ludhiana, has been posted to CIT(TDS), Patna. Kuldeep Singh, CIT (income tax administrative tribunal), Amritsar, will be the new CIT(administration), Ludhiana.

While Ludhiana will have a new CIT-II in KK Sinha, currently posted as CIT(administration)-II, Guwahati, Kulwant Singh will be the new CIT of Faridabad. Raj Kumar will be the new CIT(administration), Bathinda, against a vacant post.

AK Kaushal, CIT (administration), and RK Goyal, CIT (income tax administrative tribunal), both posted at Chandigarh, will swap their positions. Parmod Kumar Srivastava, will be CIT (administration), Jammu, with headquarters at Amritsar. On promotion Saroj Deswal will be new CIT (administration), Shimla.

The order has asked the chief commissioners concerned to relieve the officers on or before July 5, the sources added.



PU business school ex-head faces probe
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
A former chairman of Panjab University Business School (UBS) faces a disciplinary inquiry to be conducted by a retired High Court judge to ascertain his role in providing fudged data about the UBS to nation B-school ranking agencies.

Prof Satish Kapoor, who remained the chairman of the UBS for two years, and another faculty member Manoj Sharma are facing charges relating to fudging of data about the UBS and providing it to the All-India Management Association in order to attain better grading for the school.

The matter came to light when a PU senator Ashok Goel pointed out that the data provided by the UBS to these ranking agencies had not only showed the university’s central facilities as part of the UBS but also given false data to these agencies.

The data provided by the UBS showed that the number of full time faculty was 43 when actually it was 29, the visiting faculty was shown as 30 when actually it was 8, the number of classrooms were shown as 35 when only 13 existed, the number of chairs constituted by corporate houses was shown to be 23 when none existed. It was shown that the UBS had organised 30 international conferences when not even one had been organised.

A preliminary inquiry was held following which both Manoj Sharma and Kapoor were chargesheeted for serious misconduct. However, there was basic difference in the nature of the accusations against both.

Manoj Sharma, who was responsible for the collection, collation, entry and dispatch of data to the ranking agencies, was charged for willfully fudging data, which had also brought a bad name to the university.

Satish Kapoor, who was then the chairman and had counter signed the data provided by Sharma, was accused of negligence and lack of application of mind in not scrutinising and verifying the data he was presented with.

In his reply to the chargesheet, Kapoor stated that he had signed the data following the past practice. “I have acted in pursuance of the set precedent and in good faith placing my trust in Dr Manoj Sharma. The head of the department is first among equals and depends upon faculty in charge for various tasks. The faculty in charge is a competent person with experience. Thus, in this case, I had no reason to doubt the authenticity of the data put forward by Dr Sharma,” he replied, adding that the data for previous years was very similar. Demanding that the charges against him be dropped, Kapoor had also requested for a personal hearing in the case.

Sources in the VC’s office added that Kapoor was given a personal hearing by the VC yesterday. Kapoor reportedly could not convince the VC of his innocence and it was decided that Kapoor along with Sharma face a regular disciplinary inquiry to be conducted by a former retired High Court judge.



PM to raise issue with Pak
Restoration of Bhagat Singh’s birthplace and school
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
The memory of Bhagat Singh might bring about a consensus between India and Pakistan, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh deciding to raise with Pakistan the issue of restoration of the martyr’s birthplace and school. Both the places, located in Lyallpur, Pakistan, are in a sorry state.

In a May 4 letter to CPI general secretary A.B Bardhan, who earlier made suggestions on the subject, the Prime Minister wrote: “Thank you for your suggestions about initiatives that may be taken for proposing the restoration of the house in which Shaheed Bhagat Singh was born and the school which he attended. I am asking the Ministry of External Affairs to raise this with the Government of Pakistan, appropriately.”

Bardhan had earlier written to Manmohan Singh apprising him of the condition of both the places and urging that they be declared international heritage sites. In a letter written on April 5, he said that it was unfortunate that the house in which Bhagat Singh lived and the school he attended were in a dilapidated condition. The school was built by Bhagat Singh’s grandfather Arjan Singh.

Bardhan’s letter followed a representation made by Prof Chamal Lal of the Centre of Indian Languages, JNU, who visited Pakistan in March for an international seminar on B.R Ambedkar. A keen student of the freedom struggle, particularly the role of Bhagat Singh, Lal was at pains to see buildings connected with the martyr’s memory in a shambles.

Other buildings relating to Bhagat Singh’s life, which Lal mentioned included -- Bradlaugh Hall, the headquarter of the freedom movement in pre-partition Punjab, Phansighat of the erstwhile Central Jail of Lahore, which has since been demolished and Shadman square installed in its place. It was exactly here that Bhagat Singh and nearly hundred other patriots like Kartar Singh Sarabha were executed.

Lal also photographed all these historic locations, including Dwarka Dass Library which now houses the Police Fingerprint Bureau on the SSP office road, in front of which Bhagat Singh had shot JP Saunders.



Fire in Sector 26 showroom
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
Panic gripped the Sector-26 market when thick smoke engulfed the area after a fire broke out in a furniture showroom this morning.

The fire, which which broke out due to short-circuit, occurred around 9 am in the showroom located next to some leading restaurants on the Madhya Marg.

Thirteen labourers working in the basement of the showroom rushed to the rooftop after the fire broke out. They were later rescued by officials of the fire department. No casualties were reported.

With the memories of Sector-26 grain market tragedy still fresh in their minds, a huge crowd gathered to witness the rescue operation.

According to the fire officials, the fire caused very little damage to the furniture stored on the ground floor but caused substantial damage to the furniture and raw material stored in the basement.

The thick smoke damaged the equipment of a showroom selling electrical goods on the second floor, stated officials.

“We cannot ascertain the damage right away but goods worth lakhs seem to have been destroyed,” stated Raj Salwan, owner of the store.

Neighbouring store-owners also complained of thick smoke and soot damaging their goods. According to the fire officials present on the scene, they used a thermal imaging camera (TIC) to detect the source of the fire through the thick smoke.

Senior officers from the Chandigarh administration visited the scene. 



MC House
Now, pay Rs 15 more for water
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
City residents will have to pay Rs 15 extra for their water bills. The MC has decided to levy a cess of Rs 15 per month per connection to collect funds for the maintenance of parks and green belts. A decision to this effect was taken today at its house meeting.

There are about 1.25 lakh water connections in the city, including those of commercial establishments. The MC plans to collect Rs 20 lakh from this move.

The cost of material/inputs such as fertilisers, manures, pesticides and seeds will also be met out of these funds.

Meanwhile, the house appointed councillors Chandermukhi Sharna and Jatinder Bhatia to prepare a reply to the administration’s show-cause notice on the annulment of a resolution passed by the house on the issue of paid parking.

The house also authorised the mayor to form a subcommittee to look into the issue of unauthorised running of guest houses at Burail, Badheri and Buterla villages.

The house also approved a study tour for councillors to Singapore and Bangkok.

Earlier, the house observed two-minute silence for those who died in the Sector 26 grain market mishap.

Meanwhile, members of the Chandigarh Defence Colony Welfare Association, Sector 35, expressed their objection regarding the hike in water cess for the development of green belts and parks.

The issue will come up for discussion at a meeting tomorrow.

In a press statement, members of the association stated that charging levy for maintaining open spaces was not desirable. “The fund allotment for this purpose has been catered to in the annual budget of both the UT and the MC.

Also, the councillors are given a fund of Rs 20 lakh for their wards,” the press note said.



Mall opens with Rs 16.27 lakh fine
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
Nearly two years after the Chandigarh administration announced conversion in the Industrial Area, the first mall of Honda opened its gates “informally” to customers today. The car mall owned by Joshi Auto Zone has been fined Rs 16.27 lakh for carrying out construction before the building plans were sanctioned.

Following pendency of nearly nine months, the copy of the sanctioned plan was formally handed over yesterday. The building has not got a power connection even three months after the application was submitted. Power generators were put into use on the first day.

An employee of Joshi autos said: “The formal launch of the car mall is scheduled for the first week of July. We were approached by several customers who said today was an auspicious day to strike deals in cars. We agreed to organise an informal launch and a prayer ceremony.”

The roads in the area are, however, narrow and not metalled. The area remains unmarked and even the changed name of the Industrial Area is missing. The administration has collected over Rs 50 crore as conversion fees.

The administration has approved approximately 27 conversions in the area but only four plans have been approved. One of the main reasons being pointed out is that the administration had no experience in the field of conversion so many loose ends had to be tied before approval. The hurdle that came in the way of the Joshi project was poor light and ventilation in the basement. The administration finally cleared the project after charging 10 per cent on account of light and ventilation. The same has not been applied to other malls nearing completion, it is learnt.

An industrialist said: “It is interesting that the administration had called tenders for Phase I and ignored Phase II where a majority of the work had been carried out.”

Another industrialist said: “One of the biggest drawbacks of the conversion policy has been poor results from the single window. Instead of a single body regulating the development, we have to rush to the engineering department, Chandigarh housing board, estate office and the MC.”



Kasauli to jazz it up
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
Kasauli’s annual jazz festival turns 20 this year and is all set to weigh itself against the legendary Woodstock fiesta of the 1960s. No story this, for as organiser and jazz aficionado Baljit Malik, speaking from Kasauli says, the title for the festival articulates it all.

So instead of Woodstock, the “Kasauli Stockwood Jazz-2007” gets ready to regale music lovers from tomorrow till Sunday (June 29, 30 and July 1) in this picturesque hill-station at various locations.

“We have been doing this every summer and autumn for 20 years and our endeavour is to use jazz to bring people back to nature. We believe jazz is the root of all music and originated in Africa. Music comes from nature and if we destroy nature we destroy the root and source of music too,” elucidates Malik.

While the music will play on, all through Friday and Saturday at the 175-year-old Maurice Hotel in Kasauli, the venue on Sunday shifts to Biri Rarewala’s (son of Gian Singh Rarewala, PM and CM of PEPSU) home in Jagjitnagar as a tribute to the man who passed away earlier this year and who was an avid nature lover explains Malik.

While the sweet sounds of music float over the hills and glades, remember to bring your own food and drink. But unlike the music and the free entry to the venues, there is a stipulation here. “No junk food like colas and burgers are allowed and we will check for it,” insists Malik, who says there is an anti-junk ‘movement’ that will be strictly enforced!

As for Malik, in his 60th year and apart from being the convener of the Kasauli Bachao Andolan, also edits and publishes newspaper ‘Kasauli ki Awaz’, jazz is his path to helping people rediscover nature.

As for the music, look forward to rock singer Glen Fernandez, Jenny, “Asia’s best trumpeter” Sunny Sungri in the words of Malik, singers from all over like Pooyi from Nagaland. And of course, all are welcome.



Road map for better libraries
Insiders show the way
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
Parveen Kumar and Rajveer Kaur, both librarians at the TS Central State Library in Sector 17 recently undertook a unique assignment for the Chandigarh administration.

The two have submitted a road map for improvements required in the library to the administration.

Suggesting a host of additions to the children’s section, the two want colourful laminated posters with educational content on the walls, collection of children’s CDs and display boards on how to use the library.

Students of primary schools in the city can be invited periodically to visit the library’s children section, they suggest.

Among other suggestions, they want sufficient lighting and dusting in the circulation sections, as also the replacement of old racks. A special sequence of latest books to attract readers needs to be introduced, they add.

The two have suggested that in order to make the reference section more useful, more computers for Internet surfing and a separate section for CDs and digitalisation of newspapers should be provided.

They have also pointed out at the leaking roof in the area and stuffy condition between racks.

They add that there is an urgent need for a printer for catalogue cards and comfortable furniture for readers in the magasine section.

Information about how to get a library card, borrowing material services, loan period, fines, book alerts, book reviews can be put up on the website of the library. There is also a need for improving lighting in all sections, canteen facility, cleanliness, tile flooring, signage system, staff room and clean washrooms in the library.

The two have also suggested that the library exterior should be made attractive. Old furniture and display boards should be replaced with modern metallic cases and information plasma boards.

A brief history of the library, details of its origin and growth can also be displayed outside the library. A receptionist who is conversant with library services can be appointed to manage the entrance.

Students from the Chandigarh College of Architecture, Chandigarh College of Art and Government Polytechnic for Women can design the library’s exterior.

Director, higher education UT, Raji P. Srivastava said organisations normally hired consultants to study the problem and recommend improvements.

“During a visit to the library recently, I saw these youngsters and remembered that they were qualified library science professionals. I asked them if they had any suggestions and it turned out that they were bubbling with enthusiasm. I gave them two days to go around each section and come up with simple suggestions that we could implement,” she said.

“We have got a fairly comprehensive list of recommendations from two insiders who have stakes in seeing the library grow and flourish. We are taking up their action plan in earnest,” said Srivastava.



Leaking pipes a bane of Star Enclave residents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
After paying lakhs of rupees, occupants of flats in Star Enclave in Sector 48 C are a harassed lot, thanks to poor construction of the flats.

Water pipes adjoining some flats have started leaking, posing a threat to the structures. Blaming the contractor for poor construction, the occupants lament that the material used is of poor quality, thus causing leakages.

With monsoon round the corner, the leaking pipes have also increased the risk of the spread of an epidemic.

At least three reminders have been sent to the registrar, cooperative societies, and letters have also been written to the director, health services, and president of the society, but to no avail.

Registrar cooperative societies-cum-deputy commissioner R.K. Rao had earlier said that disputes regarding the construction work in societies needed to be sorted out by the elected management or members at their own level.

Any specific complaint, if made, to him by any society would be sorted out under the provisions of the Act.

Redress panel in place

The registrar has constituted a special committee, comprising representatives of cooperative department, Chandigarh Housing Board, engineering department, estate office and Chandigarh Housefed to sort out the problems of the cooperative societies. The committee will meet every month under the chairmanship of the RCS.



Digging work upsets residents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
Digging work being carried out by Airtel in Sector 36-D is causing inconvenience to residents. Apart from digging up open space in front of houses, the careless digging is posing danger to water pipes, sewers and underground electricity cables in the area.

A few days ago, an underground telephone cable was damaged due to the digging work.

A resident, J.S. Saini, said the digging work had been going for the past few days and proper procedure was not being followed by the contractor.

On being questioned by the residents, officials supervising the digging work said they had permission from the municipal corporation.



Crisis due to power failure: officials
Mohali residents face water shortage
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 28
Residents of a part of Phase XI, here, are facing acute water shortage and the condition has worsened over the past few days.

Municipal councillor Sukhminder Singh Barnala today said residents of Phase XI, especially those living in flats allotted by PUDA, had been getting inadequate water supply over the years. The department of public health has not been providing water on the upper floors of the three-storeyed flats. But over the past two days, the authorities have not been supplying water even on the ground floor.

Barnala said when the problem was brought to the notice of public health officials; they passed the buck to the Punjab State Electricity Board saying that water could not be provided due to power failure. He added that he had been getting phone calls from residents since early in the morning regarding the shortage.

Barnala said when Kulwant Singh headed the municipal council, it had been decided to bore a new tube well in the pocket which faced acute water shortage, adding he had requested the present civic body chief to get the needful done, but to no avail.

Barnala said if the problem was not solved soon, a delegation would be compelled to approach the government in this regard.



GMADA undertakes road construction project
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 28
Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has undertaken a project for the construction of the 200-feet wide road on the Punjab-UT boundary in Sector 48 up to NH-21 (Chandigarh Kharar road).

A vital link between Chandigarh and Mohali, this road will act as a bypass from the Tribune Chowk to the Chandigarh Kharar Road, circumventing the existing sectors of SAS Nagar.

It will ease the traffic congestions in Chandigarh and Mohali and commuters will be able to reach Kharar without entering the high-traffic zone of Chandigarh and Mohali.

In the first phase, the work from Sector 48 to the end of Sector 65 has been undertaken. Presently, this road is only 18-feet wide and is in a very dilapidated condition. It has been proposed to provide a double carriageway of 33-feet each with the construction of one-box type bridge and two culverts. The total length of this road is 2.2 km. With a total approximate cost of Rs 8 crore, the project will be completed in one year.

The execution of any kind of underground work involving road cut and providing of cables and pipelines could therefore be undertaken in the next one month. Once GMADA undertakes the work, it will not permit any organisation to execute any kind of work in the area.

Any organisation found to be making any such attempt shall be liable to be penalised under the due process of law.



Bee in chicken dish

Chandigarh, June 28
A Mohali family got a shock when a food item it had ordered from a city food outlet came in time but not without a detestable foreign article.

When the family went to the Sector 22 food outlet, Chawla Chicken, to complain about the presence of a honeybee, the person manning the cash counter did little to redress the grievance of the harried consumers. The family was offered another dish to compensate for the inconvenience.

Anu, a resident of Phase 3B 1, told Chandigarh Tribune that they had ordered a chicken dish to entertain their guest from London. “We had to cut a sorry figure before our guests when we noticed the insect in the dish”, she said.

The owner of the food outlet, Swaran Singh, said he had not received any complaint ever since the outlet was opened 14 years. The dish which the family brought was in an open vessel. — TNS



ICCW reconstituted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
The Chandigarh administration has reconstituted the UT branch of the Indian Council for Child Welfare, (ICCW).

Adviser to the administrator and home-cum-social welfare secretary will be the ex officio president and ex-officio vice-president of ICCW, respectively.

The deputy commissioner, Chandigarh municipal corporation commissioner, special secretary finance, director social welfare, director public instructions(S), director health services, project director, State AIDS Control Society, Sudhir Kumar Samantaray, expert in psychology, and Dr Jyoti Seth, expert in sociology and child safety issues, will be ex officio members of the ICCW.

Joint director, Government Institute for Mentally Retarded Children Dr B.S. Chavan; S.K. Verma, child protection expert; Manju Bala, coordinator, Child Line, PGI; Kulpreet Dhillon, Dr Pratibha Singh and Fr Sebastian Jose of Don Bosco Nav Jeevan have been inducted as non-official members.



Mutiny hero dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
Madan Singh, 86-yr-old veteran associated with the Royal Indian Navy Mutiny of 1946, died after a prolonged illness at a private hospital in Mohali today.

The vice-president of the strike committee of the naval mutiny is survived by his wife Pritam Kaur, sons Ranjit Pandher and Vijay Pratap Singh and daughter Anurag Dhillon.

Madan Singh was a petty officer when the naval mutiny broke out on May 18, 1946.

The cremation will take place at the cremation ground, Sector 25, tomorrow at 1 pm.



PGI public parking shifted

Chandigarh, June 28
With the commencement of construction work of trauma centre opposite the emergency area, the PGI authorities have decided to shift public parking to the space behind research block ‘B’.

The drivers have been advised to use the new parking space after dropping patients and attendants at the emergency and Nehru Hospital.

However, a small parking space to accommodate around 60 cars would be available near the Oral Health Sciences building. Those who visit the hospital without a driver can park their cars close to this building.

The parking area for two-wheelers has also been shifted to the space behind research block ‘B’. — TNS



Tips for safe driving


Think before you park. Remember that poor parking can create traffic jams, endanger or inconvenience pedestrians and other road users.

Do not park

  • At or near a bus stop or in a taxi stand
  • Immediately before or after a turning
  • Blocking the entrance to a property
  • Opposite or near a school entrance
  • On approach to a level crossing
  • Within 50ft of a road junction
  • Over a pedestrian crossing marked by white lines
  • On a road marked by double yellow or white lines
  • When disembarking always get off from the side away from the traffic. Before opening the door, look around and ensure that it will not hit anyone passing on the road or cause a vehicle to slow down or swerve. Before leaving the vehicle ensure that the handbrake is on firmly and always lock your vehicle.

‘Think before you park’

Courtesy: Safe Driving, compiled by Cdr Swarup J Sarma




MC listen

carcasses of animals, mainly of dogs, knocked down by speeding vehicles on roads is a contemptuous sight that each one of us wants to avoid.

But, commuters are forced to see these scornful carcasses till the municipal corporation (MC) removes them. If they have a telephone number, the MC can be informed about it. The issue merits attention. It would be better if along with various other emergency numbers, the concerned department’s number is also published in newspapers.

Jatesh Bhalla

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Minor, 3 held for robbery, snatchings
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
The local police claims to have solved six cases of robbery and snatching with the arrest of four persons, including a minor.

The police said six mobile phones and jewellery worth around Rs 2 lakh were recovered from them.

SHO of police station, Sector 17, inspector Kulwant Singh Pannu said Prince of Sarangpur village had lodged a complaint alleging that he was going on his motor cycle last night when three unidentified youngsters riding a black motor cycle (CH 21 T 3141) tailed him and intercepted him near BD Hospital, Sector 23.

Prince alleged that one of the youngsters wielding knife robbed him of his wallet containing Rs 600 and sped away. The matter was reported to the police.

A case of robbery under Section 391 of the Indian Penal Code was registered in this connection.

In charge of the police post, ISBT, sub-inspector Pargat Singh said following this a search operation was launched. They received information that three youngsters resembling the description had been spotted near the Children Traffic Park, Sector 23.

A police team reached there and nabbed the three while they were fixing a number plate to their motor cycle.

The accused, in their early 20s, have been identified as Munish, alias Monu, of Sector 47, Nirpal Singh of Sector 71, Mohali, and Anish, alias Samuel, of Phase III-A, Mohali.

On leads obtained from the interrogation, the police today arrested another member of the gang, a 17-year-old boy of Nehru Colony.

About their modus operandi, Pargat Singh said they used a motor cycle and scooter for snatching.

One party would snatch valuables on the motor cycle and change their vehicle to mislead the police.

In most cases, complainants told the police about the colour of the motor cycle and that of the clothes worn by snatchers.

They also kept screws of the number plates loose to change these quickly.

The police has established their involvement in five cases of snatchings and one of robbery.

In one of the incidents, they had snatched a purse of a woman containing 120 gm of gold ornaments. They have admitted to their involvement in 15 incidents of snatchings.

The police said the accused were produced before a local court, which remanded them in one-day police custody.

More cases were likely to be solved in the further course of interrogation.



Trader drugged, robbed

Chandigarh, June 28
A local businessman was drugged and then robbed of more than Rs 45,000 in a bus from New Delhi to Chandigarh. He regained consciousness today after remaining under observation at the General Hospital, Sector 16, for two days. The 42-year-old victim, Ramesh, runs a pan shop in Sector 17.

Ramesh said he had boarded a bus from the ISBT, New Delhi, on June 26. A co-passenger offered him a soft drink laced with a sedative in Delhi. “I do not remember what happened to me after the bus reached Samalakha at 1.30 pm,” he said. He was wearing two gold rings and a gold chain and had Rs 45,000 in his pocket. His mobile phone and suitcase were also missing.

His wife said: “My husband was admitted to an Ambala hospital by the bus crew and I got a call from the Civil Hospital in the morning yesterday. We shifted him to the Sector 16 hospital.” — TNS



Three booked for forgery
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, June 28
The local police has booked three persons on forgery and cheating charges.

Acting on the complaint of Manisha Arora, wife of Ashok Arora, a resident of Sector 12-A, Panchkula, the police registered a case against Bishan Mohan Sharma, Balwinder Singh and Gurcharan Singh.

In her complaint, Manisha alleged that Sharma misused blank papers signed by her husband for a plot in Lohgarh here.

Sharma allegedly got signatures of Arora on blank papers on the pretext of a compromise in a land dispute case.

Sharma later used the signed blank papers as a receipt amounting to Rs 4.5 lakh for the sale of the Lohgarh plot.

Balwinder and Gurcharan stood as witnesses in the alleged forged deal, police sources added.



Chemist shop sealed

Mohali, June 28
A chemist shop in Kurali was sealed by drug inspector Pardeep Kumar today for allegedly selling addictive drugs in violation of the law.

Civil surgeon Dr M.S. Toor said an inspection was carried out last month, where it was found that Punjab Medical Store was allegedly indulging in illegal selling of narcotics. As such, the license of the shop was cancelled on June 24. But today it was found that the shop was continuing to sell the banned drugs, forcing the sealing of the shop. — OC



Baddi to have region’s first enzyme unit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
Advanced Enzyme Technologies Limited (AETL) has planned to set up a plant with an initial investment of Rs 15 crore at Baddi. The first plant of the country’s largest enzyme manufacturer in this region is slated to start functioning from December next year, informs chairman and managing director of the company C.L. Rathi while interacting with mediapersons.

The places in and around Chandigarh, especially Baddi, are key areas for setting up the enzyme-producing industry since a lot of pharmaceutical companies have established their units here.

There is a lot of potential for enzymes that has not been tapped, believes the enzyme manufacturer.

The total Indian enzyme market is estimated to be Rs 200 crore with a growth rate of 15 per cent, states Rathi adding that AETL currently holds more than 25 per cent market share.



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